05.04.2007 - 07.04.2007
We got to Damascus and arrived to our 4* hotel to find they were charging an arm and a leg for a room the size of the ones we were paying half the price for in 2*. So Cat and I complained a lot and they finally gave in and gave us a discount. We didn't do an awful lot that afternoon but as Cat and I were really looking forward to going to a Hammam we started by finding out which ones allowed women and when. We were given a time but it didn't suite us so we decided to walk down to it and see if we could do it on Sat before we left for the airport. Yeah success, Saturday it was. Now we just chilled out and had an early night.
Cat had already been sick for the last week with a cold and I got a bout of gastro, woke up the next morning feeling under the weather, but had organised a trip to Bosra for a few hours so no sleeping in.
Bosra was lovely, some more old Roman ruins with a lovely big amphitheatre, it just happened to be Easter Friday that day and the local schools had all organised bus trips for the kids to Bosra and they all seemed to be in the amphitheatre at the same time. I suppose in one way it gave us the feel of how it would have been in its hay day but as we were both not well it was just a little loud for us. We then wandered around the ruins and our driver told us a little about its history. After that it was a quick retreat to the hotel for me and I didn't see the light of day until the following day.
We felt a little better so we went and had our Hammam, which was an experience. Wow how do I explain it, for those of you that haven’t experienced it. A hammam is a bathhouse. We went on a women’s day so only women allowed. It is a maze of small rooms for washing and splashing water on yourself, steam rooms and scrub and massage rooms. I hear the locals only have a proper bath once a weeks so they really go the works, the locals had brought in their shampoo, face masks, foot scrubs, anything you can think of for a ladies day they had it. Cat and I opted to have a scrub and massage to get rid of the weeks of neglect to our skin and boy I felt good after but some how think I lost half of my tan....lol
After that we walked around the old city, looking at the Umayyad Mosque, the Azem Palace, the souk and we also saw some more ruins before heading to the airport for our overnight mission to Libya.